45 Best College Football Rivalries of All-Time

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Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) rushes, Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas State Wildcats
Iowa State Cyclones

Greatest college football rivalry No. 44

  • Nickname: None historically, though the nickname “Farmageddon” was thrown around when the teams met at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in 2009 and 2010
  • First Meeting: 1917 – Iowa State 10, Kansas State
  • The Greatest Moment: In 2014, after squandering an early 13-0 lead, the No. 20 Wildcats trailed 28-13 at halftime against a winless Iowa State squad. K-State stormed back in the second half, and with just 1:31 on the clock, quarterback Jake Walters scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to secure a 32-28 victory.

Very rarely have both Kansas State and Iowa State been good at the same time, at least in recent decades, so it’s rare for the annual matchup to have national title implications – but there has been plenty of hard-fought, close contests.

Is it always a top-tier matchup of teams? No, not by any stretch, but Iowa State has proven that they love to play spoiler, and there has been more than one instance when the Cyclones spoiled the party for Kansas State during the revered Bill Snyder years.

This is a rivalry that’s literally discussed over the fenceposts in the heartland of America.

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